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Diversity and Inclusion

Year 1 Celebrating Diwali

Y1 enjoyed making Diva lamps to celebrate Diwali. Mr Pal taught the children all about his family celebrations. 

Spring term 

 

This term we have looked at the book 'Coming to England' by Florella Benjamin. The children in Year 1 have been looking at how she may have felt when coming to England and going to a new school. 

Our wonderful office staff dressed up to celebrate the Sikh holiday, the birth of the Guru Granth on Tuesday 20th October. Thank you to Mrs Birdi who visited classrooms to tell children all about Sikh traditions. #Diversity #Learningfromothers

During our Collective Worship Assembly, we celebrated the saintly life of Venerable Augustus Tolton , a former slave and the first black Roman Catholic priest in America. He met hatred and discrimination with love and persevered in his mission to become a priest. #Catholiclife

Year 2 

Year 2 enjoyed discussing this powerful book all about a girl wearing a hijab at school for the first time. The children were inspired by Asiya’s inner strength when dealing with discrimination and understood the importance of being proud of who you are!

Year 2 have started celebrating Black History month by sharing what makes us different, special and unique.
This term Year 2 have looked at two different books, one fiction and one non-fiction. We've studied Rosa Parks life and found her actions to be brave and inspiring but we were sad they were needed, and we looked at the story of Sulwe, a little girl who could not see how beautiful she was. We have had some amazing discussions on our daily Zoom meetings and we feel strongly that everyone is beautiful just the way they are. 

Year 3

Year 3 enjoyed reading ‘Henry’s Freedom Box’ which tells the story of 19th century Virginia slave Henry Brown, who mailed himself to friends in Philadelphia where he escaped to freedom. We were amazed by the powerful illustrations throughout the book.

 

 

Over the half term holidays, Year 3 created a 'Freedom Box' similar to Henry's. Click on the tab to see the amazing boxes they created!

Year 4

In Year 4, we had some great discussion about equality, boldness and standing up for what you believe in today. We have been inspired by some of the women in our key text and we are looking forward to learning more about them next week.

In Year 4, we have been using the book 'Bold Women in Black History' by Vashti Harrison, to learn about some amazing black women who challenged social prejudices and broke down racial barriers. We then used this new knowledge to write to the Prime Minister to persuade him to include Black History in our National Curriculum. Here is some of our work. 

Year 4 enjoyed learning about Benjamin Zephaniah today, an inspirational poet and writer from Birmingham. Follow this link to listen to his poem, ‘People need people!’

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1suwnlmBlao&app=desktop 

Year 6

 

During Black History Month, Year Six researched racism in football and the case of Anthony Walker. After reading the shocking facts, Year Six have written letters to Boris Johnson and emotive speeches about the importance of eradicating racism.  Please follow the link, to hear our emotive speeches.

 

https://st-albans-catholic-primary-school-birmingham.primarysite.media/playlist/year-six

Spring Term Two

Year Six enjoyed learning about Mo Farah's life and achievements.

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